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Barry Cumming
Barry Cumming Successfully completed Diploma of Art at Swinburne in 1953, majoring in Advertising Art and Graphic Design. He then worked with a number of leading Melbourne and International Advertising Agencies, initially as a layout artist followed by many years as a senior Art Director. In 1978, together with his wife Betty, ( a highly regarded Copy writer) formed Cumming Advertising and in that year received accreditation from the Media Council of Australia. Barry than successfully managed the company until his retirement. Once free from the pressures and demands of business, Barry embraced the equally demanding but more rewarding challenge of watercolour and acrylics which he continues to explore and develop. Having had comprehensive training in all media, Barry likes to choose the media he believes is most suited to each particular subject but finds himself increasingly drawn to watercolor as it can challenge and excite like no other medium. From the moment the brush touches the paper “there is no turning back” and you need to let the water and pigment do the work in it’s own unique way. This often results in accidents which are sometimes irretrievable and other times lead to marvellous unexpected effects which could not be replicated no matter how hard you try and therein lies the magic of watercolor. When asked about influences , Barry acknowledges great benefit from workshops with Robert Wade, Hermel Pekel, David Taylor, Joseph Zbukvic, Ross Patterson and Rodney Symmons in addition to continued study of all recognised masters both past and present.
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